PDCAAS Math

On September 5, 2011, in General Nutrition, Protein, Tests, by Andrea

I’ve been slow on my ASMBS posts. I know it, but life has a funny way of getting in the way..

A discussion of late on the BBGC is about collagen protein supplements, and of course how they are either good or bad for supplementation. So it’s spurring me to share one of the things I learned while down in Orlando: how to figure PDCAAS.

There are calculators out there, or you can usually hit me up and beg for a score as I’m generally curious as well. And in the past, I’ve used the calculators because I never knew how to do this myself.. but now I do and it’s interesting how it’s done.

In the future will I continue to use the calculators? Possibly. We’ll see. I’m kinda old fashioned in a number of ways, and I may choose to keep doing the long-hand method just to keep up the practice (and to impress everyone..) but at least now I’ll have the choice.

And so will you.

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Chocolate Shakeology

Perhaps the biggest thing in weight loss trends is Beachbody, which markets P90x and Shakeology.

Of late, several groups are starting to market to post-op WLSers.

The irony is that it is a “diet” – and didn’t many of us have WLS so we would never have to diet again? Or at least that was the thought. It was lost with my first child (thus regain) and the magick ended.

Regardless, this is the newest “craze” out there, and much like the Roca Labs “method,” there is a lack of real information out there about this product, so I decided to do a taste test and go over the product for those of us with designer guts.

Beachbody says:

The healthiest meal of the day.

Want a simple way to transform your health? All it takes is one glass of Shakeology® a day. This ultra-premium nutritional health shake contains the world’s most powerful superfoods. It’s the perfect combination of antioxidants, phytonutrients, enzymes, prebiotics, protein and many rare ingredients – including adaptogens, camu-camu, and sacha inchi – giving you the essential nutrients you can’t get from an ordinary diet.

Replace one meal a day with Chocolate or Greenberry Shakeology to increase your energy, reduce cravings, lose weight, improve digestion and regularity, and transform your health.* It tastes great, and it’s just 140 calories.

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Whey Protein Recall

On March 20, 2011, in Protein, by Andrea

A salmonella outbreak from a manufacturer of whey protein is causing a voluntary recall.  This company makes protein for its own brand, as well as branding for other companies (of which I’ve heard of exactly none.. but still).  The recall affects many states, and many points of distribution.

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Isopure Smoothie – Berry Pomegranate

On February 11, 2011, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Berry Pomegranate

I’ve had a number of reviews that I’ve been waiting to write up, and just not enough.. well, time.  Between the book writing, the email answering, the kid rearing, the spouse-everything, and the attempts to get back into a gym habit?  Life is busy.  But sometimes it’s just easier to make excuses rather than just doing things.

The Isopure Smoothies aren’t new per se, but their reformulation is.  And it’s great.

Nature’s Best says:

Isopure Smoothie is made with 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate. It comes in delicious yogurt like flavors and is lactose and aspartame free. Isopure Smoothie is a rich source of ALA Omega 3 (260mg)and contains more than 7400mg of BCAAs.

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Isopure Smoothie: Orange Berry

On January 17, 2011, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

They are so proud..

Mama is always on the computer “working” and the kids hardly understand why.  I know — they are four and almost three, so how could they, especially since I don’t “go” anywhere to work like their Papa does.  My work is done at home, or a few errands here and there (mailing books off to people, picking up copies at Staples, etc.) so I know this is confusing to them.

Last night, I decided to let the kids help with some taste testing.  And as part of that, I let them pick the menu of items to be tested.  I should feel grateful that there were only eight (that will be spread out over eight days.. gotta love scheduled posts..) and that they didn’t choose collagen.  Those are coming, though, as a dual post with Other Kaitlin over at The Bypassed Life.  In any case, these are my current selections.

First up: the Isopure Smoothie in Orange Berry.

Nature’s Best says:

Isopure Smoothie is made with 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate. It comes in delicious yogurt like flavors and is lactose and aspartame free. Isopure Smoothie is a rich source of ALA Omega 3 (260mg)and contains more than 7400mg of BCAAs.

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